“Once upon a time in Hollywood” sounds like a beginning of a fairytale, but knowing the notorious style of Quentin Tarantino, it’s probably not the case. Tarantino’s ninth movie is coming in cinemas next summer and it’s already a big deal. Knowing the reputation of the famed movie director, it’s no surprise. Reputation aside, the cast adds a lot to the hype, as Tarantino managed to gather a lot of big names under his wing. Again, no surprise, as the majority of actors have on their bucket list to work with Tarantino. He worked on the script for five years, so there probably is a good reason for all the commotion.
The story of “Once upon a time in Hollywood” is set in 1969 Los Angeles and revolves around an aging TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) and their attempt to make it big in Hollywood they don’t seem to recognize anymore. Al Pacino took the supporting role of Dalton’s agent and Margot Robbie will play Sharon Tate, famous actress murdered by Charles Manson’s followers. The movie’s release will mark the 50th anniversary of Tate murders. Although there were some speculations if the story of the Manson family would be in the spotlight, they were refuted and we got a feeling that the movie will be more about the general craze of the 60s and how it escalated at the end of the decade.
Majority of characters in the movie are fictional, but some are based on real people – aforementioned Sharon Tate, Steve McQueen (Damian Lewis), George Spahn (Burt Raynolds), Jay Sebring (Emile Hirsch), Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme (Dakota Fanning), Charles Manson (Damon Herriman) and Wayne Maunder (Luke Perry). Tarantino’s goal in this movie isn’t to write a true story based on the events at the end of the 60’s, but rather one about Hollywood and LA that don’t exist anymore.
Tarantino said at CinemaCon in April that this movie will probably be the closest thing he’s done to his Oscar winning film Pulp Fiction, so we can guess that narration will be separated into thematic chapters and include intertwining stories. As he is a well known spaghetti western fan, it is clear that the title of the movie serves to honor Sergio Leone, director of “Once upon a time in the West” and “Once upon a time in America”.
That’s what we know about his upcoming movie until now, as Tarantino likes to surprise and knows very well that adding a veil of mystery will keep us on the edge. The full cast isn’t assembled yet, so more stellar names are expected to be added to the crew.